From: Paul Burridge
Subject: Re: Apology- Missile Paranoia
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Date: Thu, 02 Jan 2003 13:49:26 +0000
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On Wed, 01 Jan 2003 22:40:53 GMT, "Anthony Q. Bachler"
>better yet, in experimental organic chemistry, they have recently found a
>new triple helix sequence of codons with 3 base pairs of 3 positions each,
>( normal dna has 2 base pairs of 2 positions each.) This makes fro much
>better biological weapons eventually as the triple helix is less susceptable
>to mutation both physically and statistically.
Remarkable. In Richard Dawkins' magnum opus, the Blind Watchmaker, he
invites the reader to imagine the sum total of all the animals that
*could* have ever lived as a result of various DNA permutations as a
voluminous sphere. The ancestries of all the animals that *have* ever
lived is then represented by thin lightning-like streaks through this
sphere. The implication being that all the animals we know of only
constitute a tiny fraction of the possibilities that could have
arisen, but more importantly, will shortly be 'artificially creatable'
by DNA manipulation. Wouldn't it be fascinating to create some
creature that hasn't evolved naturally and see how it copes on release
into the wild? It's only a matter of time...
"What is now proved was once only imagin'd"
- William Blake, 1793